Congolese Sounds

Kongo Astronauts: Au bord du présent

A mix of new and future roots from Kinshasa featuring Bebson de la rue, Strombo Kayumba, Didje Angleterre, Village papa nyangombe, Lova Lova alias Willfried Beki and Michel Ekeba. Selected and hosted by Kongo Astronauts for the Pan African Space Station.

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Kongo Music, African Pop Music with Binetou Sylla

Binetou Sylla

C’est soir: Binetou Sylla avec the producer Charles Tabu, singer Lodia H2O, and Charlotte Kalala. Discussing Koffi Olomide and and and… Final hour live of PASS Pop-Up in Paris. Lock in for the finale. Still time to ndombolo. Friday featured a stack of Syllart records and some with Binetou Sylla guiding us from Paris-Kinshasa-Baranquilla with Yondo Syster from Soukous Star, guitarist Dally Kimoko and DJ Yannick Do. Thursday’s focus: Congolese rumba. History lessons avec Nico, Franco, Tabu Ley and co. DJ, broadcaster, label-boss Binetou Sylla …  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Syllart Records

Syllart Records

Established in 1978 by Senegalese producer Ibrahima Sory Sylla, Syllart Records is an independent label who cover a range of styles, primarily focused on music made in west Africa. Artists include Miriam Makeba, Franco, Tabu Ley Rochereau, Orchestra Baobab, Orchestre Poly-Rhytmo de Contonou, Salif Keita, Ismael Lo, and the catalogue of fabled label Editions Syliphone Conakry. For our PASS Pop-UP in Paris we welcome producer, DJ and Syllart label-boss Binetou Sylla. syllartrecords.com facebook.com/syllartrecords      ( continue reading

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Moziki na Quartier

Collectif Moziki Litteraire 2

Chronicles from the Moziki littéraire collective. Featuring Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu, Papy Maurice Mbwiti and Fiston Mwanza Mujila. Today’s focus: 50 years after Congo’s independence. More on the crew from Kinshasa here.  ( continue reading

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Baloji and Dizzy Mandjeku

baloji and dizzy

Discussions and improvisations between Baloji and guitar legend Dizzy Mandjeku. Next up: the final chapter of Moziki na Quartier.  ( continue reading

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Kongofuturisme: Mega Mingiedi, Kongo Astronauts, Bebson de la Rue and Trionyx

Mega Mingiedi

Kinshasa-Paris-other worlds… Dominque Malaquais on Mega Mingiedi: “How, precisely, to characterise Mingiedi’s production is a conundrum. A discombobulating mix of graphic poetry, collage, architectural drawing and cartography – part sketch, part comic strip, and part lovingly detailed account of over-arching urban vistas and tiny street-corner details – it defies categories.” (from African Cities Reader II) Artwork: Kin Délestage by Mega Mingiedi. Read Kongo Astronauts profile here.  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Kongo Astronauts

kongo astronauts

Invented in 2013, Kinshasa-based crew, Kongo Astronauts imaginatively step through visual concepts, sounds, texts, space and time. Their urban or rural landings explore the sparcity of terrains along with postcolonial realities and dilemmas. Whether at Zongo Falls, the streets of Kin la Belle, or in music videos by Konono No.1 or Baloji, Kongo Astronauts as SPARCK say: “cannot be pinned down as art, [they] cannot be policed by an art world intimately linked to the structures of power that govern us.” …  ( continue reading

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Schengen Shegue

day 3 - schengen shegue - on air

Multidisciplinary mini-concert-lecture with Studios Kabako connections. Beats, rhymes, song, dance, a lot! More on Schengen Shegue with Dinozord, David Bovée, Jolie Ngemi and Pitcho performing here.  ( continue reading

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PASS in Paris: Schengen Shegue

Schengen Shege

Schengen Shegue is the collaborative project and album of choreographer, dancer, rapper and sculptor, Dinozord with music producer David Bovée. Dinozord lives between Brussels and Kinshasa and is a regular colloborator with Studios Kabako, having met Faustin Linyekula in 2003. He played the lead role in The Dialogue Series: iii Dinozord and featured in More more more… future, Studios Kabako’s rock/punk/Ndombolo opera performed across the globe (including at PASS in Cape Town in 2010). For our PASS pop-up in Paris, Dinozord and …  ( continue reading

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Live from Lubumbashi (Centre d’Art Picha)

centre dArt picha

Today: Véronique Poverello Kasongo and Spilulu are joined by Djino Cola of the group Bana Lupemba. Merci Emmanuel Banywesize and Louis Mpala for their contributions yesterday. And DJ G’Sparks (aka Spilulu) for his mix on Thursday. All from the Centre d’Art Picha, Lubumbashi, more info here.    ( continue reading

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